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Ben-Hur - a Tale of the Christ (1959 Version) [CD, Soundtrack]

Carl Davis , David Mendoza , William Axt Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. Anno Domini
3. Star Of Bethlehem (Extended Version)
4. Adoration Of The Magi (Extended Version)
5. Shofar Call
6. Prelude (Main Title)
7. Marcia Romana (Extended Version)
8. Spirit And Sword
9. Friendship (Extended Version)
10. The House Of Hur (Extended Version)
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Disc: 2
1. Fertility Dance
2. Arrius' Party, Parts 1 & 2
3. Nostalgia (Extended Version)
4. Farewell To Rome (Extended Version)
5. Judea, Part 1 (Outtake)
6. Judea, Part 2
7. A Barren Coast (Outtake)
8. Balthasar (Extended Version)
9. Balthasar's World (Extended Version)
10. Homecoming
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Product Description

Miklos Rosza's Academy Award-winning score to the 1959 blockbuster, on CD and in its entirety for the first time! In fact, this 2-CD, 5" x 10" Digi-Boxed set includes extended score cues and outtakes, as well as a 32-page account of the making of the ultimate Biblical epic, with photos and original artwork.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excessively pompous July 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Excessively pompous. That was what a critic in High Fidelity magazine complained of some thirty years ago. I disagree. It is probably the best film score of all time. The Rhino set was not available then. I only had the rerecordings on LPs - London (cond. Rozsa), MGM Vol 1 (cond. Savina ) MGM Vol 2 (cond. Kloss -supposedly Rozsa). All three are out of print but you can try for the CD releases on EBay. Much praise has been heaped on this Rhino complete (almost) soundtrack. However, away from the film, I would still pick Kloss`s version of Parade of the Charioteers. It has the raw power, tension and grandeur so necessary for the epic Chariot Race. Contrast this to Paull`s 1896 Chariot Race (the sheet music is still in print !) which I think Rozsa still has the edge in terms of originality and pomposity. Pity The Parade only exist on sheet music for band and was not included in the sheet music songbook (out of print) published by Robbins. I got mine recently by accident surfing the Net for organ music (vintageorgans.com). For the intermediate pianist, the dramatic highlights from the songbook is a steal. For those who need a themes approach to listening the score, please check out the Savina version on CD or LP. You can try EBay because it is out of print. Dr Rozsa`s latest score to be put out by Film Score Monthly is Julius Caesar. It is a worthy bargain. It is Rozsa`s seminal Rome epic score. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Tracks Used on the MGM Film Master June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an extraordinary release. It includes the actual studio tracks recorded at MGM with Rozsa conducting and used on the actual soundtrack of the film.
This is not a "music from" type soundtrack recorded later in a separate session. It even includes the musicians track at Arrius' party which began and was interrupted by Arrius to make his announcement.
A treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest of Motion Picture Scores April 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Superb on every level.. this score truly added to the power of Ben Hur's emotion and epic proportion. Few other scores come close to this masterpiece to literally creating a mood for the film.... perhaps "Robin Hood" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, "Chinatown" by Jerry Goldsmith and "Sunset Boulevard" by Max Steiner are some examples. This is a "must have" for any serious film score lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This truly is the score of scores! July 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
It took us many decades but finaly we can enjoy the full score for Ben Hur! Over two and a half hours of spectacular music representing romance, pain and suffering, faith, and the glory of Anchient Rome. The score lies spraid over two cd's and has been printed chronologicaly. In a word, Miklos Rozsa's musical empire hasn't yet fallen. Even today, with John Williams, John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith and all those other briliant composers, this score still sounds tremendously huge and all together better than anything you've ever heard. If you think you can enjoy music from the glorious days of Holleywood, then don't wait purchasing this score. It definitely IS worth the money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Masterpiece March 2 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For someone who grew up listening to the original LPs, this CD is somewhat of a mixed blessing. On the one hand it offers a complete record of the soundtrack and then some, which is great, but in other ways it feels incomplete and not fully realized. What I mean is that certain themes are fragmented, which is the way it was in the movie itself, and not presented as a whole piece like they were in the non-soundtrack recordings. The Love Theme is one example as well as the Mother's Love theme and the Rowing of the Galley Slaves.
But, that aside, this is such a rewarding experience for anyone who has appreciated Rosa's work in this film. And the extended versions do add an extra dimension to an already impressive score, like those for the Love Theme, where the use of a flute and harp bring a more authentic archaic sound to the recording.
Again, for anyone who loved this music, this is certainly worthy to have, which is why I give it 5 stars, and I can only hope a similar quality treatment will be made for the recordings done from the LPs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Greatest Oct. 23 2002
Format:Audio CD
Miklos Rozsa's score for "Ben-Hur" is arguably the greatest written for any film. Anything else I would say would just be repetitive of the many other glowing reviews for this work- a classic if there ever was one- a full stereophonic symphonic delight. One could hope, but it's not likely that we'll hear this kind of musical grandeur again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Soundtrack Aug. 8 2002
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This soundtrack was issued by Turner Classics Movies and Rhino and is sized like a book. In fact, a very informative 52-page booklet (with some wonderful pictures) comes with the CDs, making this an invaluable set. The two CDs contain all of the music (including outtakes) from the soundtrack played in the order it appears in the movie. The sound has been beautifully remastered. This is the kind of soundtrack that so many movies deserve but few get. An outstanding tribute to the novel by Lew Wallace and how it has been presented over the years on stage and film, culminating in the 1959 movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes this is the greatest soundtrack ever July 6 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i don't have much to add. i bought this on the basis of amazon reviews and i find it to be more or less as great as they say. the only other contender is CLEOPATRA by alex north. i guess this is where all the tonal composers went, those who rejected schoenberg as the brave new world. there's an element of kitsch, certainly, but so what? it's consciously applied.
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